One of our club members suffered what he thought was a relatively mild dose of Covid-19. He had a medical yesterday with Dr. Margaret Clamp and unfortunately has had his sign off deferred pending further tests in four week's time. His lung function test registered only 75% against a required minimum standard of 80%. Dr Clamp said she had had similar results with other divers who had suffered with Covid-19, as well as with non-divers requiring a medical as th result of Covid-19.
I had a long talk today with our grandson who is a medical scientist specialising in respiratory disorders at Charing Cross Hospital. He said that they have found that even mild cases of Covid-19 have resulted in lung function impairment, especially the exhale speed test used in diving medicals. He said that they do not carry out this test now until at least 6 weeks after recovery from symptoms. However, my grandson said that they haven't found any long-term damage from mild cases although it does take some weeks to recover even after patients feel that they are OK.
Just a warning to other members who believe that they may have gone down with Covid-19.